|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||25 Oct 2003 20:14:44 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Ft. Ord fire update|
Officials on defensive about fire Residents affected by blanket of smoke By SUKHJIT PUREWAL Monterey Herald Saturday, October 25, 2003 The 490-acre "controlled burn" at Fort Ord spiraled into a wildfire Friday, charring more than 1,200 acres, spewing smoke and ash as far south as Pebble Beach and enraging a sizable share of the Monterey Peninsula's populace. After seeming to die down in the early evening, the blaze flared up again shortly after 9 p.m. and was expected to continue generating smoke until this afternoon, though not nearly as much as it did for most of Friday. The fire escaped its boundary along Gen. Jim Moore Boulevard about 11 a.m. Friday and then burned rapidly along Watkins Gate Road, even though the area had been treated with fire retardant the day before. "Wildfires are difficult beasts," said Rich Foster of Fire Stop, the Granite Bay company contracted by the Army to carry out the burn. Military officials insisted the burn had gone off as expected, with a breeze from the northeast carrying much of the smoke to the southwest and over the ocean. But complaints poured in from all across the Peninsula, especially Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach, where residents said they had no idea they would be driven indoors by the brown haze. ... for the entire story, see http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/7101750.htm -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CPEO: A DECADE OF SUCCESS. Your generous support will ensure that our important work on military and environmental issues will continue. Please consider one of our donation options. Thank you. http://www.groundspring.org/donate/index.cfm?ID=2086-0|721-0
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